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Diocese of Shamshabad

Diocese of Shamshabad

The territory of the new eparchy is vast: it includes the entire country of India not already included in existing eparchies. The pastoral life of the territory is already quite organised thanks in particular to the ministry of the aspotolic visitor, Msgr. Raphael Thattil, now the first bishop of Shamshabad. The Syro-Malabar communities are formed in their own traditions, especially with regard to the liturgy and catechesis. There are 88 priests working, both eparchial and religious.

The see of Shamshabad is located 50 km from Hyderabad, in the state of Telangana, where there are 500 Syro-Malabar families. Awaiting the completion of the Cathedral, the pro-Cathedral will be Saint Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Kukatpally, near Hyderabad. For the moment there will also be the Chancellery and the bishop’s residence. The eparchy of Shamshabad will be under the patronage of Saint Thomas the Apostle and Saint John Paul II.


In former times the area was known as Sedanti village, which was later renamed Shamsabad in reference to Shams-ul-Umra, the title bestowed upon "Abul Fateh Khan", Tegh Jung, Shams-ud-Daula, Shams-ul-Mulk and Shams-ul-Umrah ("The Sun among the Nobles"), who founded the Paigah nobility during the reign of Nizam II, Mir Nizam Ali Khan (1762-1803). There was a time when the whole of the Shamsabad area were under the direct control of Paigah, including where the new airport has been built, the entire Shamsabad village was granted to Nawab Shams-ul-Umara Bahadur as a reward. Nawab Moin-ud-Daula Bahadur, a leading Paigahnoble, built a country home on a hillock and race course in Shamsabad for his own. As happened with other locality names, Shamsabad too got corrupted and over the years came to be called Shamshabad.

There is a railway station at Shamshabad by the name Umdanagar, which is part of the South Central Railway, Indian Railways.


Shamshabad boasts the brand-new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, which commenced operations on March 23, 2008. Many projects of Telangana Govt. are coming in and around Shamshabad Airport, including Fab City, Nano Tech Park, Hardware Park, and Textile Park. The airport is connected to Hitech City by the Outer Ring Road which makes it very convenient to international visitors visiting the Hitech city.


Shamshabad is located at 17.2603°N 78.3969°E. It has an average elevation of 574 metres (1,886 ft).        

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